Become a NYS Security Guard

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How do I Become a Registered Security Guard in New York?

In order to become a security guard in New York State, you must complete certain training prerequisites before you can receive your security guard registration and begin employment for the following:

  • New York State Security Officers
  • Armed Security Guards
  • Unarmed Security Guards

Do I need to take the NYS Security Guard Training Courses?

If you are currently serving or retired law enforcement, or you are a veteran, you may be eligible for a waiver from certain security training requirements. Use the questionnaire below to see your eligibility:

Have you ever received New York State law enforcement training?

Yes

No

Are you a veteran from the US Military?

No

Are you currently serving as a Police Officer?

Yes

No

Are you a Former Police Officer?

Yes, retired/resigned less than 10 years ago

Yes, retired/resigned more than 10 years ago

No

Are you a Current or Former Corrections Officer?

Yes, I am currently serving

Yes, retired/resigned less than 10 years ago

Yes, retired/resigned more than 10 years ago

No

Are you a Current or Former Bridge and Tunnel Officer, Sergeant or Lieutenant of the TBTA?

Yes, I am currently serving

Yes, retired/resigned less than 10 years ago

Yes, retired/resigned more than 10 years ago

No

Are you a Current or Former Court Officer or Clerk of the Unified Court System?

Yes, I am currently serving

Yes, retired/resigned less than 10 years ago

Yes, retired/resigned more than 10 years ago

No

Are you a Current or Former Sheriff, Undersheriff, or Deputy Sheriff for the NYC Sheriff’s Office?

Yes, I am currently serving

Yes, retired/resigned less than 10 years ago

Yes, retired/resigned more than 10 years ago

No

Are you a Current or Former Full Time Peace Officer?

Yes, I am currently serving

Yes, retired/resigned less than 4 years ago

Yes, retired/resigned more than 4 years ago

No

Unfortunately, based on the information you provided us, you are not eligible for any exemptions or waivers from the NYS security guard training courses. See the timeline below of what course requirements you need to take.

Congratulations! Based on the your answer that you are a currently serving LEO, you are are exempt from all security guard training and licensing requirements at this time.

However, if you decide to wait to pursue your armed security guard registration within 10 years of separation, you will need to take the 8 Hour Annual Firearms Training for Armed Guards.

Congratulations! Based on the your answer that you are a currently serving peace officer, you are eligible for a waiver of training through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (form). You will still need to complete the 8 Hour ANNUAL In-Service Security Training Course every calendar year you hold your guard registration.

If you are pursuing an armed guard registration, you may utilize the Annual Peace Officer In-Service Training to fulfill the required annual firearms training for armed guards.

Congratulations! Based on the your answer that you are a former peace officer who separated within the last 4 years, you are eligible for a waiver of training through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (form). You will still need to complete the 8 Hour ANNUAL In-Service Security Training Course every calendar year you hold your guard registration.

If you are pursuing an armed guard registration, you will need to complete the 8 Hour Annual Firearms Training for Armed Guards before applying for the registration and annually. You will also need a valid NYS pistol permit to be able to take the annual firearms course. Need pistol permit assistance?

Congratulations! Based on the information you provided us, you are eligible for exemptions for the following security training courses:

8 Hour Pre-Assignment Security Training Course

16 Hour On-The-Job Security Training Course

47 Hour Firearms Training Course

8 Hour ANNUAL In-Service Security Training Course

If you are pursuing an armed guard registration, you will need to complete the 8 Hour Annual Firearms Training for Armed Guards before applying for the registration and annually. You will also need a valid NYS pistol permit to be able to take the annual firearms course. Need pistol permit assistance?

Congratulations! Based on the information you provided us, you are eligible for exemptions for the following security training courses:

8 Hour Pre-Assignment Security Training Course

16 Hour On-The-Job Security Training Course

47 Hour Firearms Training Course

If you are applying to become an unarmed security guard, you must complete the 8 Hour ANNUAL In-Service Security Training Course before you can apply for the guard registration card and annually.

If you are pursuing an armed guard registration, you will need to complete the 8 Hour Annual Firearms Training for Armed Guards before applying for the special registration and annually. You will also need a valid NYS pistol permit to be able to take the annual firearms course. Need pistol permit assistance?

What Training Do I Need to Become a Security Guard?

 

To Become a New York Registered Unarmed Security Guard, You Must Complete the Following NYS Certified Security Training Courses

8 Hour Pre-Assignment Security Training

This is the first course in the series you must complete in order to apply for the NYS Unarmed Security Guard Registration Card.

16 Hour On-The-Job Security Training

This course must be completed within 90 days of beginning employment as a security guard. The 16-Hour On-The-Job Training course is broken down into two 8-hour classes over the course of two days.Both days MUST be completed in order to receive a certificate of completion

8 Hour Annual In-Service Security Training

Once employed in security, New York State requires that security guards must complete the Annual In-Service Training Course every calendar year as part of their training requirements and prerequisite for guard registration renewal. This course is required for both unarmed and armed security guards. Participants must bring their N.Y.S. Security Registration to class.

To Become a New York State Registered Armed Security Guard, You Must Complete the Unarmed Requirements Above, In Addition To:

NYS Pistol Permit

You must have a NYS Pistol Permit or License in order to enroll in any armed guard training courses and become a Registered Armed Guard, even if you are a veteran or former law enforcement. We offer pistol permit assistance to help you navigate the difficult process.

47 Hour Firearms Training

This course must be completed before you can apply for an armed guard upgrade to your registration. The 47 Hour Firearms Training includes classroom instruction, as well as practice and examination at the gun range.   Ammunition is not included, you must separately purchase 600 rounds of ammo. (15 boxes of 50 rounds) This course is typically broken down into 6 or 8 day sessions, that can vary between weekends, weeknights, and/or weekdays.

8 Hour ANNUAL Firearms Training

Registered armed guards must complete this course every calendar year they hold their registration. Failure to complete this requirement may result in denial for renewal and loss of your registration. Participants must bring their N.Y.S. Security Registration and NYS Pistol Permit to class.

What do I need to apply for a NYS Security Guard Registration?

 

To submit an application to the Department of State, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have not been convicted of a serious criminal offense
  • Be a citizen or resident alien of the United States
  • Have completed the 8 Hour Pre-Assignment Training Course
  • Get fingerprinted through IdentoGO
  • $36 fee made payable to the NYS Department of State

If you want to upgrade your registration from an unarmed security guard to armed security guard, you must:

  • Have completed the 47 Hour Firearms Training Course for Armed Guards
  • Send your current security guard ID card with your application
  • $25 fee by check, money order, Mastercard, or Visa, made payable to the NYS Department of State

 

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